The Search for Arab Democracy: Discourses and Counter-Discourses

The Search for Arab Democracy: Discourses and Counter-Discourses

by Larbi Sadiki
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231125801

ISBN-13: 9780231125802

Pub. Date: 02/25/2004

Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)

How to be a "democrat" and a "Muslim" at the same time is the subject of ongoing contests. This book maps out the variety of voices contesting "Islam" and "democracy" in the Arab world, insisting that neither category can be taken as unitary or fixed.In the Arab Middle East, the contest is over "which", "whose", and "…  See more details below

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How to be a "democrat" and a "Muslim" at the same time is the subject of ongoing contests. This book maps out the variety of voices contesting "Islam" and "democracy" in the Arab world, insisting that neither category can be taken as unitary or fixed.In the Arab Middle East, the contest is over "which", "whose", and "how much" democracy takes place within an existing contest over "which", "whose", and "how much" Islam must be given pre-eminence in the political and cultural sphere. There is a "Democracy" and there are "democracies." There is an "Islam" and there are "islams." Larbi Sadiki deploys the conceptual tools of contemporary Western political philosophy and theory to articulate and defend some provocative theses. The book challenges Eurocentric conceptions of democracy that all-too-frequently display a lack of concern for specificity and context; analyzes and interrogates Orientalist and Occidentalist discourses on democracy; and considers some of the justifications for democracy in the global arena, giving space for self-representation by women and Islamists, among others. Using interviews with Muslims from every social and economic stratum, the book shows how Arabs themselves understand, imagine, and view democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231125802
Publisher:
Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
Publication date:
02/25/2004
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.19(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Glossary
1Contesting Democracy: Discourses and Counterdiscourses1
2Defoundationalising Democracy and the Arabo-Islamic Setting51
3Democracy as an Occidentalist Discourse95
4Democracy as an Orientalist Discourse140
5Contemporary Arab Conceptions of Democracy198
6Arab Women and Democracy: Breaking Out253
7The West and the Sponsoring of Arab Authoritarianism: Islamist Narratives320
8Discoursing Islam and Democracy: Tests and Contests, Texts and Contexts374
Bibliography410
Index435

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